Legal proceedings - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Legal proceedings Texas moves to soften voter ID law after judge finds bias AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A weakened Texas voter ID law moved closer to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk on Tuesday, watering down an original version that a judge compared to a "poll tax" and ruled had intentionally discriminated against minorities. Republicans are pushing changes with urgency: the Texas Legislature has less than a week left to pass bills b... Wed, 24 May 2017 01:54:00 GMT 2017-05-24T01:54:00Z Judge will reconsider ruling blocking sanctuary cities order SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday agreed to reconsider his ruling blocking President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. U.S. District Judge William Orrick accepted the administration's request to reconsider his April ruling. He gave the two California counties that... Wed, 24 May 2017 01:35:00 GMT 2017-05-24T01:35:00Z Alcoholics Anonymous sues for return of 12-step manuscript NEW YORK (AP) — Alcoholics Anonymous is demanding the return of its 1939 original manuscript describing the "Twelve Step" program of recovery from alcoholism. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc. in New York state court last Thursday sued an Alabama man, Ken Roberts, who owns the manuscript, a New York art gallery and a California auction house. ... Wed, 24 May 2017 00:24:00 GMT 2017-05-24T00:24:00Z 11 people seated on Cosby jury; defense sees race bias PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers accused Pennsylvania prosecutors of trying to systematically keep blacks off the jury Tuesday after prosecutors used their strikes to send two black women home. Judge Steven O'Neill for now rejected the argument after prosecutors said the second woman was a former Pittsburgh detective who sued the city after she was arrested in a public... Tue, 23 May 2017 23:47:00 GMT 2017-05-23T23:47:00Z Trial set for Alaska man charged in girlfriend's death ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A trial date has been set for a 21-year-old Alaska man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend when he tried to kill himself and the bullet struck the woman after passing through his head. Victor Sibson wore a helmet during his brief appearance in court Tuesday. He was scheduled for an Aug. 21 trial. Sibson has pleaded not guil... Tue, 23 May 2017 23:47:00 GMT 2017-05-23T23:47:00Z The Latest: Cosby defense alleges race bias in jury strikes PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on jury selection in Bill Cosby's sex assault case (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Bill Cosby's lawyers accused Pennsylvania prosecutors of trying to "systematically" keep blacks off the jury after prosecutors used their strikes to keep two black women off the panel. Judge Steven O'Neill for ... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:41:00 GMT 2017-05-23T22:41:00Z Juan Gabriel's son sues Univision, Telemundo for defamation MIAMI (AP) — Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel's son is seeking $100 million from Spanish-language broadcasters Univision and Telemundo in a defamation lawsuit filed in a state court in Miami. The singer's son and daughter-in-law, Ivan and Simona Aguilera, say the networks falsely reported claims that Ivan was responsible for his father's death and that the couple was robbing h... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:29:00 GMT 2017-05-23T22:29:00Z Jury awards $256M to California auto dealer in Nissan suit SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A jury has awarded nearly $256.5 million to a California auto dealership owner who claimed Nissan had a secret plan to put him out of business during the recession. The Orange County Superior Court panel ruled Monday in favor of Michael Kahn, who owned seven Nissan, Toyota and Chevrolet dealerships in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas. ... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:17:00 GMT 2017-05-23T22:17:00Z The Latest: Jury awards $256M to auto dealer in Nissan suit SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a jury awarding more than $256 million in a lawsuit against Nissan (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Nissan says it will appeal a jury's award of more than $256 million to a California auto dealer who claimed the company put him out of business during the recession. The Orange County ... Tue, 23 May 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-05-23T22:11:00Z Acquitted Tulsa cop who killed unarmed man returns to work TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white Oklahoma police officer who was acquitted of manslaughter after fatally shooting an unarmed black man is back on the force working "a desk job," her attorney said Tuesday. Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby returned to work Monday, three days after the police chief decided she could come back but couldn't work street patrol. ... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:27:00 GMT 2017-05-23T21:27:00Z CFO of Soup Nazi-inspired company indicted on tax charges NEW YORK (AP) — The chief financial officer for a company licensing recipes from the real-life chef who inspired the "Soup Nazi" character on "Seinfeld" was arrested Tuesday on tax charges alleging he cheated the government out of a half-million dollars. Robert N. Bertrand, 62, of Norwalk, Connecticut, pleaded not guilty before he was released on $50,000 ... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-05-23T21:08:00Z 'Voice" singer's family will refile lawsuit after dismissal ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for the family of singer Christina Grimmie says he will refile an amended wrongful death lawsuit against the promoter and venue where "The Voice" contestant was fatally shot. Attorney Brian Caplan said Tuesday that Grimmie's family will file a new complaint after a Florida judge dismissed the original lawsuit. The Orlando ... Tue, 23 May 2017 20:29:00 GMT 2017-05-23T20:29:00Z Lawsuit: Mississippi fails to educate black children equally JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is denying good schools to African American students in violation of the federal law that enabled the state to rejoin the union after the Civil War, a legal group alleged Tuesday. The Southern Poverty Law Center wants a federal judge to force state leaders to comply with the 1870 law, which says Mississippi must never dep... Tue, 23 May 2017 19:59:00 GMT 2017-05-23T19:59:00Z Rapper Meek Mill, theater sued over concert fatal shooting WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Rapper Meek Mill and a Connecticut theater are being sued over a fatal shooting following a concert in December. The shooting outside the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford killed 31-year-old Travis Ward and 20-year-old Jaquan Graves, both of New Haven. Two others were injured, including 25-year-old Nathan Mitchell, of Hartford. No arrests have been made.... Tue, 23 May 2017 19:55:00 GMT 2017-05-23T19:55:00Z Condemned church shooter Roof seeks appellate court mercy COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white supremacist petitioned a court for mercy, asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday to overturn his conviction and death sentence for killing nine black worshippers in a racist attack at a Charleston church. The notice filed by attorneys for Dylann Roof was an expected move in what's expected to be years of appe... Tue, 23 May 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-05-23T17:54:00Z High court ruling may give voter rights groups a strong tool RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court's ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral maps drawn to give Republicans an advantage in the state. The justices agreed Monday with a federal court that had struck down two congressional districts as i... Tue, 23 May 2017 08:35:00 GMT 2017-05-23T08:35:00Z 'Conspiracy bill' draws backlash in Japan over state powers TOKYO (AP) — Japan's lower house has approved a bill that allows authorities to punish those found guilty of planning serious crimes. It has been called the "conspiracy bill" by critics who worry the bill expanding state powers could be used to undermine basic civil liberties. The bill passed Tuesday still requires upper house approval.... Tue, 23 May 2017 07:38:00 GMT 2017-05-23T07:38:00Z South Korea's Park denies charges as corruption trial begins SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former President Park Geun-hye denied corruption charges Tuesday at the start of a criminal trial that could potentially send South Korea's first female leader to prison for life. Police had earlier escorted Park, in handcuffs, into court for her first public appearance since she was jailed on March 31 for corruption allegations ... Tue, 23 May 2017 07:26:00 GMT 2017-05-23T07:26:00Z Corruption trial begins for ex-South Korean President Park SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former President Park Geun-hye stared straight ahead and denied that she engaged in bribery and leaking government secrets at Tuesday's start of the criminal trial that could send South Korea's first female leader to prison for life if she is convicted. Police escorted Park, in handcuffs with her eyes downcast, into court for her... Tue, 23 May 2017 04:31:00 GMT 2017-05-23T04:31:00Z 3 white men, 2 white women picked for Bill Cosby jury so far PITTSBURGH (AP) — The panel that will decide Bill Cosby's fate in his sex assault trial began to take shape Monday with the selection of five jurors, three white men and two white women. The search for 12 jurors and six alternates got off to a brisk start, even though a third of the initial jury pool had an opinion about Cosby's guilt or innocence and an equal number said th... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:19:00 GMT 2017-05-23T02:19:00Z Trump seeks reconsideration of sanctuary cities ruling SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration filed court papers Monday aimed at getting a judge to reconsider his ruling blocking the president's executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. The U.S. Department of Justice asked U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick for permission to fil... Tue, 23 May 2017 01:07:00 GMT 2017-05-23T01:07:00Z Lawsuit: Fyre music fest more 'Hunger Games' than Coachella LOS ANGELES (AP) — Litigation is piling up like bonfire kindling against organizers of the Fyre Festival that flamed out in a fiasco. Angry participants had lashed out on social media with the hashtag #fyrefraud as the music festival fell apart on an island in the Bahamas in April and fraud is the first claim in a $100 million class-action suit. ... Tue, 23 May 2017 01:04:00 GMT 2017-05-23T01:04:00Z The Latest: Dems alarmed by report on Trump, intel bosses WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged interference with the U.S. election (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Democrats are expressing alarm at a report alleging that President Donald Trump asked two top intelligence officials to publicly deny collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign in the 2016 election. ... Tue, 23 May 2017 00:29:00 GMT 2017-05-23T00:29:00Z LA art dealer sentenced in theft from high-profile clients LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former California art dealer has been sentenced to jail for stealing more than $1 million from owners of paintings, including former Disney executive Michael Ovitz. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says 63-year-old Perry Rubenstein was ordered Monday to serve six months in jail, three years of probation and pay $1.1 million to Ovitz and ... Mon, 22 May 2017 23:49:00 GMT 2017-05-22T23:49:00Z Courts could put Texas GOP's aggressive agenda to the test AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have been pushing an aggressive agenda despite promised court challenges, including legislation that would let police ask drivers whether they're in the U.S. legally, restrict what school bathrooms transgender students can use, ban most second-trimester abortions and let adoption agencies reject gay couples over religious objections. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 23:31:00 GMT 2017-05-22T23:31:00Z Judge: Sound engineer can't publish unreleased Prince tracks MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A sound engineer who worked with Prince is barred from publishing or disseminating any unreleased recordings that compromise the late superstar's work. George Ian Boxill worked with Prince on five tracks in 2006 and made at least one recording — "Deliverance" — available online last month. Prince's estate and Paisley Park Enterprises sued to block it. ... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:56:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:56:00Z A look at Fifth Amendment protections invoked by Flynn WASHINGTON (AP) — The Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination being invoked by President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is a bedrock legal principle. It's enshrined in the Constitution's Bill of Rights and relied on by witnesses before Congress and the courts alike. A look at those protections and elements of the ... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:33:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:33:00Z Q&A: What to expect as Bill Cosby's jury selection continues Jury selection in Bill Cosby's upcoming sex assault case got off to a quick start Monday with the selection of the first five jurors. Three are white men and the other two white women. Hundreds of potential jurors are being called to a Pittsburgh courthouse this week as the search for panel that will decide the comedian's sex abuse trial gets underway. The hearing resumes Tu... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:21:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:21:00Z Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits in a ruling that places strict limits on where such cases can be filed. The justices ruled unanimously that patent owners must bring lawsuits only in states where the targeted company is incorporated. The issue is important ... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:25:00Z AP Top Stories May 22 P Here's the latest for Monday May 22nd: President Donald Trump visits Israel; Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn invokes the 5th amendment;... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:15:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:15:00Z